2015 NFL Draft Grades: NFC South

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New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints utilized the first two rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft to address major holes on their roster. In round one, they drafted Stanford offensive tackle, Andrus Peat. In round two, they selected middle linebacker Stephone Anthony. Now, to some those will seem like two great picks for the Saints, however, for myself — I’m not a fan.

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Throughout the early stages of the NFL Draft season, I had Peat ranked considerably lower on my big board than a majority of experts out there. Sure, Peat is a mammoth human being, and seems to be the prototypical size for an NFL offensive tackle, (perhaps even bigger) but beyond that my attention immediately goes to his soft hands, and even softer personality. Perhaps New Orleans is the right place for Peat to be if he is going to be successful — only time will tell.

In round three, the Saints added edge rusher Hau’oli Kikaha out of the University of Washington and corner back P.J. Williams out of Florida State. Kikaha has heavy hands and a motor to star off the edge, but he lacks discipline and is not very fluid when changing directions, leaving him vulnerable to play-action. Williams has the instincts and physicality to be successful in the NFL but must clean up his tackling and perhaps even his off the field issues.

The move I liked the most from the Saints was the addition of Quarterback Garrett Grayson in the later rounds. Grayson is currently being projected as the heir-apparent to Drew Brees.

Grade: C-

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